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Full detail - Speed Yellow Porsche 996 C4S

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by Ess_Three, May 17, 2008.

  1. Ess_Three
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    Despite promising myself I didn’t need another time consuming, potentially expensive hobby…and declaring I’d never get hooked on ‘detailing’…it appears I have.

    So, here’s my first attempt...please be gentle!


    The plan was simple...I had 2 days to get the prep work done, before a mate of mine 'stuupnorth' from Detailing World arrived and set to with his PC.
    I had all the ‘gear’ I thought I’d need…as much advice as I could take in (thanks Rich and Clark at Polished Bliss) so off I went…


    Day 1:

    Wheels off and cleaned…the car is 3 ½ years old and the wheels have never been off before (by me, at least) and have no form of protective coating on them.
    They’ve been looked after – of sorts – by cleaning with various wheel cleaners over the years…and tar spots removed regularly.

    They weren’t too bad to start with:

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    Although the insides were far from clean!

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    So, out with the Megs Super De-greaser (4:1) and a stiff brush…

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    Then Autobrite’s Glue and Tar and a stiff brush…

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    A quick clean with Bilberry Safe Wheel Cleaner (7:1) and then onto claying inside and out with Griots Garage clay and their Speed Shine lube.
    Better…
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    Any stone chips like the one pictured:

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    …had the raised surfaces carefully filed/sanded down and the ‘hole’ filler with Porsche Arctic Silver touch-up paint.
    Once the paint had hardened, it was polished flush using Griots Garage Fine Hand Polish to give as good a repair as I can achieve with my skills.

    4 coats of Poorboys Wheel Sealant later…and they look like this

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    Whilst the wheels were off, the brake calipers were cleaned with Megs De-greaser (4:1) and a stiff brush, then again using Bilberry Safe Wheel Cleaner (7:1).

    Arches were de-greased with De-greaser (4:1), tar removed using Glue and Tar and a stiff brush…then dressed with ArmourAll (I know, I know…it’s all I had – it turns out I hadn’t bought everything I’d need whilst at Polished Bliss)

    Anyway…the brakes/arches now look like this:

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    That was enough for day 1. That was 6 hours worth…




    Day 2:

    Luggage compartment. Not too bad…a little messy…

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    Hoovered out, and plastics dressed with Poorboys Natural Look Dressing.

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    Interior not too bad either..again, just a little messy…

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    Hoovered out, leather (door cards, seats, rear trims, dash) all cleaned with Autoglym Leather cleaner and then fed with their Leather Care Crème.
    Plastics dressed with Poorboys Natural Look Dressing.

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    The windows were then cleaned inside – not easy cleaning the inside of the rear window of a 911 if you are 6’3”!


    Onto the outside…the car has all the front coated in Defendall paint protection film…so I’m going to struggle to get a great shine on that….but…in general it wasn’t too bad:

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    The usual bug splats and for some reason, the rear wing makes this thing a tar magnet:

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    So, it was foamed using a mix of Megs Hyperwash and SSF (1 ‘pump’ of each)

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    High pressure washed off, which took off the majority of the bugs etc, but left the tar.

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    A handwash using the usual method (using Megs Shampoo Plus) and a washmit, Autobrite’s Glue and Tar was used to remove the tar spots, the whole car clayed with Griots Garage clay and their Speed Shine lube, and a further handwash.

    A hose off left this:

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    Tar spots + muck cleaned off the exhaust tailpipes too…but no photos!
    Car put back in garage.

    That was enough for today…end of Day 2. Only the 5 hours today.




    Day 3:

    Stuupnorth arrives and gets to work.
    Number plates taken off (should have done that yesterday, I know!)
    Car masked up in the usual manner:

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    Always time for coffee!


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    This is what we were dealing with:

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    The metalwork was polished using Menzerna RD3.02 using 4” Lake Country CCS light cut pads, several passes were carried out to remove the swirls.

    The Defendall Paint Protection Film (Half way up the front wings and front compartment cover, front bumper, front splitter, sills, halfway up the rear quarters ad behind each wheel arch) was polished using Blackfire Gloss Enhancing Polish using 4” Lake Country CCS polishing pads (as suggested by Polished Bliss), several passes were carried out to remove the swirls, but this had little effect, and light swirling, water marks and some abrasions were still evident.

    So, we switched to Menzerna 106FA Final Finish again using 4” Lake Country CCS light cut pads, and had better success with this product.
    several passes were carried out to remove the swirls.
    Blackfire Gloss Enhancing Polish using 4” Lake Country CCS polishing pads were then used as a final polishing stage.

    The lights and rear reflector were then polished with Menzerna RD3.02 using 4” Lake Country CCS light cut pads until clear of swirls.

    Finally, one coat of Menzerna FMJ was applied, followed by two coats of Raceglaze Series 55 wax.

    I’m impressed…
    There are still a few abraisions visible on the Defendall film…and most probably one or two left on the metalwork…but in the sunlight we were struggling to find them!

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    That’s it…9 hours later it’s done.


    Comments welcome…please be gentle…stu is an enthusiast and I’m a newbie…nothing more!
    Thanks for reading...if you've stuck it out this far. :whistle2:
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    Fantastic 'i'm not going to get hooked on detailing' kind of effort you guys have put in there!!!!!!!

    I just love the colour and the RG seems to add a nice after effect to it rather well.

    Well done. I take it it wasn't a sticky Porsche then?:icon_thumright:
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    Car looks lovely Glen, good write up and no arguing with the brilliant results!

    The only negative comment is hat you've left me feeling guilty for neglecting my car for the past year!

    I also used to say tha the whole detailing thing was a bit sad until I bought some zymol polish back in 2000 and then for some strange reason got hooked and now have a garage full of products and a fridge full of different waxes...

    J
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    Looks OK I guess...
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    :respekt: Lovely job! getting the wheels like that must be sooooooo satisfying!!!
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    Looks great !

    Its a slipperly slope though, there is no such things as a quick wash anymore !
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    It seems not...that was 3 days work...and I'm scared to drive it now as it'll get dirty.
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    Wow ess that looks very good well worth the 9 hours

    Plus with such a nice car its a labour of love i'm sure.

    What with all your tuning knowledge and now your detailing skills to boot perhaps you should open up a tuning / detailing place am sure you would get quite a few customers from here!!
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    Thats great work Glen...looks like the Golf & VRS have had some treatment too? Very nice:thumbsup:
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    I'd never, ever, start tuning cars etc to make a living.
    It's a hobby for me..when you have to pay the mortgage with it, you end up suggesting products that make big profits, not big gains..and sell yourself out.

    Not for me..so I'll stick to enjoying it, and remaining independant.
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    The Golf needs some paintwork attending to...so it's on hold.

    The vRS has been clayed, given a coat of Menzerna FMJ and 4 coats of Blackfire Midnight Sun.
    It came up well too.
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    Thank you, nicely explained and some nice shots taken there.

    One question this: Griots Garage clay and their Speed Shine lube

    Is it an agressive clay - was there excessive marring caused?? Only you say you used it on both the wheels and the bodywork itself? Making me think it is an agreesive clay?
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    I don't know how aggressive it is to be honest..it's the only one they do!

    http://www.griotsgarage.com/product/car+care/car+polishing/paint+cleaning+clay/paint+cleaning+clay.do?search=basic&keyword=clay&sortby=newArrivals&page=1

    Judging by the effort required and the minimal amount of contamination it shifts on each pass, I'd expect it's a mild clay.

    I use it on paint, the Defendall Film and the wheels...and I can't see any marring...although I'm not sure I'd know marring it it sneaked up and hoofed me up the arse!

    But it leaves no marks that my eyes can see.

    Their lube is a great quick detailer too..I only have the Griots garage stuff because a mate of ine from San fransisco swears by it and sent me a load over to try to convery me...but it seems good to me.
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    Great job, and awesome car too. Very jealous.
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    how could you let your pride and joy get in that state ????


    only joking nice work and a good write up.


    im not getting that bug off you though so you stay up north :p
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    I mean when you may press too hard or find a stubborn bit that you go over a couple of times, but unto known to you; you have gone to far like in this shot:

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    Check out this thread that amazed me on correction: http://www.detailuniversity.com/forums/school-photography/1988-2000-audi-s3-bad-condition.html

    I checked out the Griot site after seeing your thread and I was quite pleasantly surprised on the products they offer - going to be buying the magentic finger glove for my dad on fathers day. I saw the clay and it does look very supple compared to the Sonus Gray & Megs Clay that I have so just curious.
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    Oh hell no.
    I've been using their clay since 2000 and never, ever had a visible mark left after claying.
    Those pics look like it's been sanded with emery paper!

    The Griots clay is very soft once warm...like playdoh.
    If used with a lube, it's great...if it gets dry, it seems to roll off onto the paint and leave some marring...but use their lube (on any other lube I'd expect) and there are no issues...and any marring caused by it getting dry, comes out by re-doing it.

    The US seems to have been into this detailing lark long before the Uk..I'd never heard of a clay bar when I was sent all this Griots stuff...and since I still have 2 new tubs, sealed up...I'll stick with it.
    It takes more work than some I'd imagine...but it doesn't mark the paint - certainly not as in those pictures.
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    Yeah the pics do make it look bad, it is not disimliar to what i have done - goddam bird ****!

    Yes it does look very soft compared to what I have - very interesting.

    Amazed at how well it did on your wheels - will have to experiment with what I have.

    Still cheers for that and nice work again.
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    Awesome...the wheels:applaus:

    and the car is just :hubbahubba:
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    Nice work, makes me feel like I need to detail my car soon. Will need try this clay out. Wish I knew someone who could pc my car also, I would be to worried to try it out.

    Car looks very nice, looks much better with the plate off. You still happy with it or considering a change since you have had it a while?
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    I don't like it with the front plate off...
    Looks a bit plain.


    Still very happy.
    Had it 3 1/2 years now.
    To change to anything interesting will cost £40-50k minimum and give not much by way of gains...besides, I've still not mastered the Carrera!
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    As I said on DW, both of you should be fair chuffed at what you achieved; I loved reading the write up and the pics are great. A show n shine contender for sure! :thumbsup:
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    Well Rich...comments like that coming from you, mean a lot. :salute:
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    Looks really smart, those wheels are amazingly clean! :w00t:
    The car looks brand new.
    Nice work!
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